Virtual Tour of the Forest: Riparian Buffers

A riparian forest buffer is a strip of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation along with the undisturbed forest floor next to streams, rivers and lakes. These narrow strips of trees are critical for filtering water running off the land and also provide habitat for wildlife.

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A streamside forest slows floodwaters. They also improve water quality by filtering runoff and promoting sediment deposition. These areas store water in plant roots and provide pathways to underground water storage. A riparian buffer will filter out most nitrogen and phosphorus, which increase algae growth.

Riparian Buffer - Wildlife